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Monday, October 6, 2014
As everyone reads this article on their respective computer screens, it’s hard to escape the sense that Americans are less connected to the outdoors. Not only does this have negative consequences for our personal health, it can have impacts on our local environment if we aren’t careful. For instance, water quality suffers...
Friday, August 15, 2014
Minnesotans dump 1 billion pounds of paper in landfills each year, but there are strategies available to reduce waste. To raise awareness of the power of recycling, a Minnesota non-profit has created a ball of paper that is 9' 7" inches tall and 32.8 feet around.  While you're here, don't forget to register for the NASF...
Friday, May 30, 2014
The U.S. Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are seeking nominations for the seventh annual Two Chiefs’ Partnership Award. The awards are given to recognize successful conservation efforts made possible through partnerships among employees or officials from state forestry agencies and...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Ancient redwood trees sprout clones of themselves on the knobbly growths known as “burls” before dying.  “Burl poachers,” who cut these pieces off to make decorative pieces, are beginning to see some justice: in Humboldt County, multiple arrests of suspected burl poachers have been made. Says Redwoods park ranger Jeff...
Thursday, May 8, 2014
New research suggests that they key to saving money on wildfire control is to invest in forests before the fires even begin.  The Mokelumne Watershed Avoided Cost Analysis  suggests that investing in proactive forest management activities can save up to three times the cost of future fires, reduce high-severity fire by up...
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Far West Forest Products is owned by the a California family that specializes in salvaged, urban and reclaimed wood – 90 percent of which is taken from no more than 500 miles from Far West’s headquarters in Sheridan, California.  This wood, which comes from trees felled by natural causes, or which had to be cut after...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
For the 33rd consecutive year, Ohio leads the nation for Tree City USA designations with 244 communities achieving the title this year. The program, which is sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the Arbor Day Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National League of...
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that applications are now being accepted for new, landmark conservation initiatives created by the 2014 Farm Bill. The programs will provide up to $386 million to help farmers restore wetlands, protect working agriculture lands, support outdoor recreation activities and...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Chicago is estimated to have about 157,142,000 trees, with a tree and shrub canopy that covers 2% of the region.  These trees remove about 677,000 tons of carbon per year and 18,080 tons of air pollution per year.  Including reduced costs in residential energy and a few other factors, these trees are estimated to have a...
Friday, April 25, 2014
A recent study examined the potential for small diameter wood harvesting in Arizona forests to strengthen both forest health and local economies. Analysis indicates its potential use for biomass/energy production. Titled “Modeling the Economic Viability of Restorative Thinning,” the report was produced by Arizona State...

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